Create An Inviting Entry
After the front porch, the entry space gives the next first impression of your home. Here are some simple ways to let your entry say, “Come on in!” Declutter the entry. Clear away personal items (stacks of mail, boots and shoes, purses and backpacks) so guests have an easy time coming and going. Corral smaller items you plan to leave out in baskets or on trays.
Keep it light. Add a lamp or candles to give your entry a warm glow and welcome your guests, especially in the evening.
Make room for guests’ belongings. Create an obvious place for guests to hang their coats and bags so they feel right at home right away. If you don’t have a coat closet, you can make a creative coat hanger for a wall with just about anything (shutters, an old door, a wooden stepladder...and add hooks). If you want guests to put personal belongings in a bedroom, remember to tidy the room and make the bed before guests arrive!
Consider the cozy factor. Drape a seasonal table runner on an entry table and place a textured rug in the entry to make it warm and welcoming. You can also add a basket of textured blankets and cute scarves and mittens hanging from hooks.
Create a focal point. This could be a striking table, cabinet, or bench. In smaller entryways, a bold and fabulous mirror can grab attention and reflect light around the room. You can also display a collection of photos in frames. Whatever your focal point is, feel free to embellish it further for your gathering (greenery around the mirror, flowers on the table, cloth bunting banner, or a string of twinkle lights by the photos).
Taken from: Simple Gatherings: 50 Ways to Inspire Connection. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Michaels. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. www.harvesthousepublishers.com. Used by Permission.
About the Author: Melissa Michaels is the creator of one of the popular decorating blogs, www.theinspiredroom.net. The Inspired Room reaches over 600,000 readers each month and was voted Better Homes and Gardens Readers' Favorite Decorating blog in 2014 and in 2015. Through her books, Love the Home You Have, The Inspired Room coffee table book, Make Room for What You Love, The Inspired Room Coloring Book, and Simple Decorating, Melissa offers a refreshing perspective on finding contentment in creating an authentically beautiful home, right where you are. She lives with her husband and family near Seattle, Washington.